Sweet & Sour Meatballs Recipe With Healthy Vegetables

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These Sweet & Sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs are not your average cocktail food. Kids love eating these tasty meatballs with toothpicks as a fun meal with egg noodles and veggies.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs Recipe With Healthy Vegetables

These are not just your average appetizers. I try to find fun ways to add in more vegetables to our diet. These little meatballs are packed with a full serving of veggies.

Don’t tell your kids, because they will never know the difference. I often think wouldn’t it be great if supermarkets and food companies placed the same priority as parents so often do on making life simple and healthy?

It seems that we are both on a completely different set of mission. I am sure you know this dilemma well. Brightly colored food boxes filled with not so great list of ingredients, some we can not even pronounce. They all place a stake in the claim to be good for you – even when you know that is not possible.

That is why I try to make as much healthy food at home and with real food. Kids are so picky. They often eat based on looks. I combined the two – looks & healthy in a one-two-punch type of meal. 

We love all things sweet and sour, including Sweet and Sour Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork. These meatballs are also favorites. Especially because they are simple and have a delicious sauce filled with broccoli puree and pineapples.

Now Serving Hidden Veggies

These sweet & sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs are so yummy your kids will never give them a second glance. Add in some fun toothpicks for added effort and your kids will really gobble these guys up.

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How to Make Sweet And Sour Meatballs

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Meatballs With Ground Beef & Veggies Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 ground beef chop
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 broccoli puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

How to make these meatballs

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

STEP TWO: Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, until onion is transparent. Add in garlic, and cook one minute.

STEP THREE: In a large mixing bowl, add bread crumbs, broccoli puree, egg, ground meat, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and add in onions and garlic. Mix using hands until well combined. Form in 1/2 inch meatballs and then set aside in a large bowl.

STEP FOUR: Heat in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add in meatballs and cook for 10 minutes until they have browned. Then transfer to a serving plate.

Ingredients needed to make the sweet & sour sauce – no soy sauce

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp A1 steak sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, crushed – you can use fresh pineapple
  • 1 tbsp favorite orange jam

STEP ONE: Making the sauce. In a small saucepan, add in olive oil, chopped onion & brown sugar. Stir frequently until onions are tender. Add in the remaining ingredients. Cook until to a boil.

STEP TWO: Using a hand blender or food processor blend the mixture until completely smooth. Pour over your meatballs.

Serve these delicious meatballs over rice, cauliflower rice, or noodles and you’re set! Or just keep warm in a slow cooker and serve at your next party!!

Tips for Making the Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Use pineapple chunks in JUICE, not in heavy syrup. If you get the pineapple with syrup, it will be way too sweet and way too high in added sugar. If you can, fresh is best!
  • Use a cookie scoop. It keeps them all roughly the same size so they cook evenly. This little guy is one of the handiest tools. I use it a lot around the kitchen.
  • Wet your hands when forming the meatballs. It helps your hands stay sticky-free and makes your meatballs perfectly round. Just keep in mind, that a little water goes a long way.

We’ve been long-time fans of all things sweet and sour (if you are too, you’ll love our sweet and sour chicken recipe), and we were excited to try a meatball version.

We were so happy with the result. Not only was the recipe simple, but the flavors of the meatballs, sauce, and veggies were amazing! 

Sweet & Sour Meatballs With Hidden Vegetables

When thinking of planning your next party or kid-friendly meal why not give these meatballs a shot?

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Yield: Serves 4

Sweet & Sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs

hidden veggies meatballs on plate

These Sweet & Sour Hidden Veggie Meatballs are not your average cocktail food. Kids love eating these tasty meatballs with toothpicks as a fun meal with egg noodles and veggies. You can still serve them as an appetizer at your next party. 

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Hidden Veggie Meatballs

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 ground beef chop meat
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 broccoli puree
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp A1 steak sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, crushed
  • 1 tbsp favorite orange jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat olive oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, cook, until onion is transparent. Add in garlic, cook one minute.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add bread crumbs, broccoli puree, egg, chop meat, salt nutmeg, pepper and add in onions and garlic. Mix using hands until well combined.
  4. Form in 1/2 inch meatballs and set aside.
  5. Heat same skillet over medium-high heat. Add in meatballs cook 10 minutes until they have browned.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate.
  7. ****For Sauce - In a small saucepan, add in olive oil, chopped onion & brown sugar. Stirring frequently until onions are tender. Add in the remaining ingredients. Cook until to a boil. Using a hand blender or food processor blend mixture until completely smooth. Pour over your meatballs.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 891mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 17g

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Originally posted February 20, 2015.

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Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.

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